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Associate Dean for Finance and Administration (Divisional Business Officer)

Position Specification



 Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

(Divisional Business Officer)


Johns Hopkins University


Baltimore, Maryland

Reporting Relationship

Primary Reporting Relationship: Fred Bronstein, Dean


Secondary Reporting Relationship: Daniel Ennis, University Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration



Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university founded with the goal to encourage research and advance not only the knowledge of its students but human knowledge in general. The University was established in 1876 by Johns Hopkins, Baltimore’s greatest philanthropist who willed his $7 million estate to fund the university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Johns Hopkins University enrolls more than 26,000 full-time and part-time students throughout nine academic divisions. While Baltimore is the university’s hometown, there are campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area and international locations, including Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China. Johns Hopkins is also home to the nation’s largest university affiliated research center, the Applied Physics Laboratory. Faculty and students conduct research on six continents; and more than 20 percent of the university’s students come from countries outside of the United States. Divisions of the University include: The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Education located on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore, MD; the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Nursing located in East Baltimore; the Peabody Institute located in the historic Mt. Vernon area of downtown Baltimore; the Carey Business School located in the Inner Harbor area; the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; and the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

The 6,500 faculty and 26,000 students study, teach, and learn in and across more than 260 programs regularly recognized as being among the nation’s best. JHU's undergraduate education is ranked 10th among U.S. "national universities" by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.

The impact of Johns Hopkins reaches into nearly every corner of the globe, conducting research, training, and education at more than 1,300 sites in more than 134 countries. More than 400 undergraduate students study abroad in dozens of countries each year, and more than 193,000 JHU alumni live in 175 countries. Examples of global reach include: the School of Advanced International Studies has campuses on three continents; Jhpiego, a nonprofit health organization affiliated with the university, focuses on improving the health of women and families in more than 155 developing countries; and the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health works to address pressing global health challenges, such as HIV/AIDs and tuberculosis.

Under President Ronald J. Daniels’ leadership, the university is focusing on four major priorities through the remainder of the decade, collectively called the Ten by Twenty. The four priorities are: One University, Individual Excellence, Commitment to our Communities and Institution Building.

The Peabody Institute 

In recent years the Peabody Institute has been repositioning itself in the world of music conservatories, its home community of Baltimore, and within the multi-faceted framework of the renowned Johns Hopkins University, with which it has been affiliated since 1977. Peabody is in the midst of a stimulating period of growth, focused on excellence, innovation, and leading the way in adapting to the changes in the American and international performing arts landscape. Founded in 1857, Peabody is the oldest conservatory in the nation and has a storied history. Over the years, its landmark buildings have seen artists such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Anton Rubinstein, Igor Stravinsky, Nadia Boulanger, and Leonard Bernstein traversing its hallways. It counts André Watts, Philip Glass, James Morris, Hilary Hahn, Cyrus Chestnut, and Tori Amos among its illustrious alumni. In 2017 alone, three Peabody alumni were Grammy Award-winners. Current faculty includes leading artists such as Marin Alsop, Manuel Barrueco, Leon Fleisher, Marina Piccinini, and two Pulitzer Prize winning composers, Kevin Puts and Du Yun. Guest artist-faculty include Richard Goode, Midori, Wycliffe Gordon and Georg Haas.

Today, Peabody is building on its rich history of professional training at the highest level and has developed a vision for the role of the 21st century artist in society and the training required to meet the new realities and opportunities of that role. Peabody’s history, tradition, and pedigree, coupled with its forward looking view and commitment to challenge traditional assumptions, allow it to take on the real work of what it means to prepare artists for a world that is constantly changing. Peabody’s vision for the future connects directly to its founding 160 years ago as a cultural center for the region that celebrated the role of music, art, letters, and discourse.

Five Pillars

To take this vision of marrying the old with the new, and to ensure that Peabody and Johns Hopkins University leverage their competitive advantage, Peabody has built its strategic Breakthrough Plan around Five Pillars: Excellence, Interdisciplinary Experiences, Innovation, Community Connectivity, and Diversity.

  • Excellence: Peabody graduates should be among the most successful musicians and dancers competing for high-level positions as soloists, orchestra members, chamber musicians, choreographers, and educators; and should emerge as the trailblazers and innovators in their respective disciplines and across disciplines, fully equipped with the skills needed to achieve the kind of community connectivity increasingly required of artists in contemporary society.
  • Interdisciplinary Experiences: Peabody can leverage its competitive position as a top conservatory within a world renowned research university through development of cross- disciplinary programs.
  • Innovation: Peabody has launched the new Breakthrough Curriculum that builds on the strength of traditional training while breaking the mold in incorporating skill-sets required of the 21st century artist. Innovation also means embracing music of our time, and taking a leadership role externally in a dialogue on the value of music and arts in society.
  • Community Connectivity: Peabody is building strong and meaningful relationships within the region that will enable Peabody to better serve the community and at the same time instill in its students an understanding and enthusiastic embrace of the role they must  play in communities as citizen-artists.
  • Diversity: As in business and other enterprises, diversity begets excellence. Peabody is about excellence. Musical barriers are also breaking down; different genres are influencing today’s composers and performers. In order to foster this fantastic and rich landscape, we benefit from different voices in that conversation, as performers, composers, and audiences. Diversity is also key to future audience development. Growing audiences for the future requires a more diverse audience, ever more  essential  as  demographics  shift  in  the  coming decades. Audiences will only become truly diverse when the performers on our stages are diverse, making the focus on diversity and inclusion a strategic imperative vital for the future of classical music and in the interest of all genres of music, dance, and the performing arts in general.

Fred Bronstein, Dean of the Peabody Institute

Fred Bronstein – an accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras – began his appointment as the first Dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. In the past four years he has established Peabody’s Breakthrough Plan to focus the Institute on big strategic goals and financial sustainability built around five pillars: excellence, interdisciplinary experiences, innovation, community connectivity, and diversity. Under Dean Bronstein’s leadership important new initiatives have been launched around these pillars, including the new comprehensive Breakthrough Curriculum which encompasses training in skills essential to the 21st century musician and a reimagined ensembles experience, new Conservatory programs in Music for New Media and Dance, establishing the JHU/Peabody Center for Music and Medicine, creation of a new system of faculty governance at Peabody, and a strong commitment to diversity which has already resulted in recruitment of the most diverse faculty and student body in Peabody’s history.

Dean Bronstein came to Peabody after serving as president of the renowned St. Louis Symphony. Before that, Bronstein served as president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Omaha Symphony, as well as executive director of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony.

As a performer, Bronstein toured for eight years and could be heard on New World Records as a member of Aequalis, a chamber group he co-founded with a focus on new American music, innovative programming, and educational  outreach.  Fred Bronstein graduated from  Boston University with a Bachelor of Music, earned a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Daniel G. Ennis, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration

Daniel G. Ennis became the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Johns Hopkins University in August 2010, reporting to President Ronald J. Daniels.

In this role, Mr. Ennis serves as the university’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. As CFO, he oversees the offices of the controller; internal audits; investment management; planning and budget; and treasury. As COO, he is responsible for the functions related to corporate security, facilities and real estate, human resources, information technology, purchasing and risk management.

Working with the provost, Mr. Ennis has led a number of initiatives across the institution including the completion of a comprehensive financial risk/liquidity assessment, the creation of an institutional risk management program, the completion of a comprehensive review of benefits, the launch of a university-wide administrative excellence initiative and a significant expansion of the university’s economic inclusion program.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Ennis had served since 2007 as Harvard Medical School’s Executive Dean for Administration. Before joining Harvard Medical School, he worked in various key leadership roles at Harvard University, including the Associate Vice President for Finance and Financial Planning, Interim Director of Treasury Management and Director of Budgets, Financial Planning and Institutional Research.

Position Summary

Johns Hopkins University invites nominations and applications for the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration which is the Divisional Business Officer for the School, and as such, serves at the CFO and COO of the School. Reporting directly to the Dean with a secondary reporting relationship to the University’s Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Associate Dean will be responsible for strategically leading, planning and organizing the administrative functions of the School.

In collaboration with the Dean and other school leaders, the Associate Dean for Finance and Adminstration will define key strategic goals by leading management efforts that are responsive to the overall academic priorities and initiatives of the School.  These efforts will play a key role in developing the School’s analytics capacity, making the School’s finance operations more strategic and ensuring data-driven decision-making. 

In the role of Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, the successful candidate will develop critical operational and financial policies, systems, and initiatives essential to creating a sustainable business model for the School. The Associate Dean leads the development and annual updating of the School’s five-year strategic plan and participates in the presentation of this to University leadership.

The Associate Dean will have operational oversight for the administrative areas of Finance, Human Resources, Payroll, Student Accounts, Campus Operations, Security, and Information Technology. The selected candidate is responsible for promoting the ongoing learning and development of their staff and will serve as a key advisor to the Dean and members of the Dean’s senior management team.

The Associate Dean for Finance and Operations is expected to occupy a prominent leadership role in the School and at the University level, to represent the School’s interests effectively, and collaborate with peers in the other schools and business units on enterprise-level administrative planning.

The Associate Dean works collaboratively with key members of leadership across the institution, including deans, directors, affiliated divisions, institutions, legal advisors, and University Administrative Staff, as well as Peabody faculty and staff. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Dean and school leaders in setting plans and budgets to ensure that strategic objectives and initiatives across Peabody are successfully implemented, managed, and maintained in order to promote a competitive advantage.
  • Develops and coordinates the School’s annual academic and operating budget planning process, forecasts and predicts resource requirements for new and existing programs, and develops funding strategies.
  • Develops analytical tools to measure and improve the efficiency of key operational functions.
  • Works on faculty proposals, special initiatives, and faculty target and operating budget submissions in collaboration with the Dean.
  • Evaluates and advises on the impact of short and long-range planning, and the implementation of new programs and strategies.
  • Creates and maintains a sound financial environment, which includes good business practices. Works closely with unit administrators who process and record financial transactions to ensure timely and accurate financial information, to monitor accounts and resolve problems, to ensure compliance, and to safeguard resources and reduce risks.
  • Ensures that Peabody is a proactive, campus leader in its implementation of new and innovative financial analyses and administrative strategies to maximize all resources.
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations for operational efficiencies across areas and leverages solutions around system management and technology. 
  • Advises the Dean on allocation of funding, hiring plans, annual planning activities, revenue generation and cost reduction strategies.
  • Serves as direct supervisor of Finance, Human Resources, Campus Operations, Student Accounts, Security, and Information Technology by setting performance direction, conducting annual reviews and providing general day-to-day guidance as needed.
  • Sponsors and supports initiatives and efforts to attract and retain excellent staff, and develop and maintain effective and responsive administrative operations throughout the School.
  • Ensures ethical administrative, financial, and business practices in keeping with National Association College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) standards and General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Serves on special committees and support strategic projects within SAIS and for broader university-wide initiatives, at the request of the Dean or senior leadership.

Experience and Qualifications 

  • At least five years (10 years preferred) of progressively responsible financial and business operations experience, preferably in a large, complex and decentralized organization.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of research and teaching in a premier university.
  • Ability to inspire trust and work collegially with staff, faculty members, school and campus officers, university administrators, alumni, students, benefactors, and business partners.
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning, change management and process improvement skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus and influence a wide range of people at various levels to achieve results in a collaborative decision-making environment.
  • Strong supervisory abilities and proven experience in managing and developing high performance teams.
  • Advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning and financial forecasting.
  • Advanced expertise in grants and contract administration.
  • Ability to analyze data for budgeting, operations, auditing, accounts receivable and reserve analysis.
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Outstanding writing skills required to create compelling and widely read budget requests, funding agreements and policy documents.
  • Unquestionable integrity, strong work ethic and resiliency required
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and ability to attract and lead a diverse workforce


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Management, Administration or a related field
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • CPA or CMA preferred


Johns Hopkins University has retained Park Square Executive Search to assist in the search for the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the Peabody Institute.  Nomination, inquiries, and applications may be sent in confidence to:

Jonathan Fortescue, Managing Partner or
Ashley David, Associate
+1 617 391 9165


This position specification is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis.  It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.




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